Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Seattle Aquarium’s commitment to operational sustainability is rooted in four fundamentals:
- Our mission, Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment;
- Our leadership in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) to prompt all members to have an operational sustainability plan;
- Committing to wise green practices that can reduce our utility expenses over time; and
- Sharing conservation practices that can be implemented at home by our visitors and community.
Green awards 2014
The Seattle Aquarium received two awards for sustainable operations in October 2014. The first was the 2014 “Visionary Leadership Award” presented by the Seattle 2030 District, which recognized the Aquarium for energy-efficient retrofits, carbon capture through tree planting, and an array of solar panels constructed on its Pier 59 facility (among the largest on an aquarium in the country). The second was a “Community Impact Award” from the Seattle Business magazine. These awards, inaugurated in 2014, honor “the region’s most influential community leaders” and celebrate honorees in categories ranging from sustainability to youth development. The Aquarium received a silver award in the “Sustainability in Business Operations” category.